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US Bank makes Real-Time Mobile Rewards awesome. Are you listening Chase? Amex? Citi?

Wow.  I didn’t see this coming.  US Bank has just become relevant again in the travel rewards space.  Via a feature called “Real-Time Mobile Rewards,” the US Bank Altitude Reserve and the US Bank FlexPerks cards now allow you to redeem points for travel at 1.5 cents per point without requiring you to book through US Bank’s travel portal.  I never thought I’d say this about a US Bank product, but… this is a feature…

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Singapore Business Class $1995 round trip NYC to Frankfurt

Singapore Airlines is offering President’s Day airfare specials, with business class available from New York to Frankfurt for $1995 round trip on weekdays through peak summer travel season and many other routes on sale in both premium economy and business class. The Deal Singapore Airlines President’s Day Sale for flights in both premium economy and business class on select routes Direct link to promotion page Key Terms Fares are valid for round-trip weekday (Mon-Thur) travel Must be purchased by February 25th, 2018 Travel period for…

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Avianca Visas: now 40K / 60K after 1st purchase [YMMV?]

Avianca has sent out an email offer to some LifeMiles members with increased signup bonuses on the Banco Popular Avianca Vuela and Avianca Vida Visa cards with promo code LM17WB. The promo code isn’t unique and when they offered a promo code last year, it worked for anyone who was approved for the card. It is likely that this code is available to anyone, but YMMV. The promo code brings the signup bonus on the $59-fee Vida card to…

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Match M life to Hyatt Explorist NOW, skip extension and get club upgrades!

Greg recently wrote a post about the misfortune of Hyatt extending his wife’s Explorist status (See: Hyatt extends wife’s elite status by 3 months but I’m not thrilled). Good news: both she and Greg just matched to Explorist, complete with 4 club upgrades – skipping the hassle of the status extension. This is awesome news. If you currently have Explorist status but didn’t re-qualify, you’ll want to make your move on this right now. The Deal Match M…

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Searching for awards, 1 seat at a time

I mentioned once before in a post that as a kid, my Uncle Angel asked me if I knew the meaning of marriage. When eight-year-old-me shrugged my shoulders and furrowed my brow, he clued me in to the fact that it means “that a $0.50 hot dog costs you $1, ’cause you gotta buy one for her, too.” I miss those times. I miss them for a lot of reasons, not the least of which…

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Business class awards to Australia: Great Nov/Dec availability

Update: If the US call center is not able to see this space, try called the Australian call center. They were able to see this space when I called two times. Readers are reporting that Alaska is not seeing the space, so it may not be bookable with Alaska miles. Qantas airlines has very good business class award availability for travel from San Francisco to Melbourne (and to a lesser extent Sydney) during November and December 2018 — peak Australian summer dates.…

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Top 4 Ways to Manufacture Marriott Platinum status

Last week, my Marriott Rewards Gold Elite membership kit arrived in the mail.  You’d think I’d be happy to see it, but not at all.  For the past six years or so I’ve had Marriott Platinum status.  I originally got the status through a challenge that required 9 stays.  Since then, I’ve bought back my status every year with 40,000 Marriott points.  But this year Marriott has stopped allowing status buy backs.  I’m stuck with…

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Kimpton Amex Offer: Get $60 When Spending $300+

Kimpton Brice in Savannah GA

The offers to stay at the Kimpton hotel brand keep on coming. There’s a new Kimpton Amex Offer available today offering a $60 statement credit when spending $300+. The Deal Get a one-time $60 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend $300+ on room rate and room charges, when you pay for your stay with Kimpton Hotels from 2/20/18 to 5/20/18. Key Terms Enrollment limited. Offer valid only for stays at Kimpton Hotels…

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An unexpected path to the Companion Pass…

Travel Companion Tickets

Let me start by saying that I really struggled with an appropriate title for this post. I know that some people will skim ahead and think, “We knew that worked! It’s not unexpected!”. I furthermore understand that most people won’t be in the position to have something work out quite the way this did for my family — though I thought some readers would find value in understanding what happened so that they could leverage…

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